Thursday, April 9, 2015

What Is A Paralegal?

If you've ever heard the term "lawyer," you've probably heard the term "paralegal" too. Paralegals are different from legal assistants, and they play an absolutely integral role in the legal process at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here's a quick peek at a paralegal's role.


Paralegal vs Legal Assistant

Many years ago, the terms "paralegals" and "legal assistants" were used somewhat interchangeably, but now there is a movement to carefully differentiate the two. Paralegals and legal assistants both perform crucial roles, but paralegals typically have greater responsibilities than legal assistants. Legal assistants are usually tasked with drafting correspondence and organizing case documents, but a paralegal's job description can include almost anything their respective law offices' wish to include.

In the United States, paralegals are not allowed to service clients directly - they must work for a lawyer as either an employee or an independent contractor.

Paralegal Responsibilities

All law offices at the Lake of the Ozarks rely heavily on their paralegals to execute their cases with timeliness and careful dedication to detail. Examples of some of the responsibilities handled by our paralegal include:
Randy and his wife, Eliza
  • Corresponding with clients
  • Interviewing clients
  • Tracking deadlines and keeping the lawyer(s) on schedule
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Summarizing important documents
  • Preparing for and assisting with trials
Essentially, paralegals are attorneys right-hand men (or women!) who are there to assist them along every step of the way.

Meet O'Donnell Law Center's Paralegal: Randy Huff

At O'Donnell Law Center, we rely heavily on the experience and expertise of our own paralegal, Mr. Randy Huff. Randy has been working as a paralegal for many years and has a great deal of experience conducting legal research and processing cases.

Randy moved to the Lake in 2011 with his wife, five children, two cats, and one dog. His family certainly keeps him busy, but he loves spending time with them when he's not working at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm.

We Look Forward To Working With You!

We're incredibly proud to have such a skilled and dedicated team working at O'Donnell Law Center. When you find yourself in need of legal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks, we hope you will keep us in mind.

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center

We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


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O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
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